Venture

Moby ID: 9771
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Venture is an action game in which you control Winky, the heroic adventurer. Your goal is to collect as many treasures as you can which are scattered throughout numerous dungeons. In each dungeon, there are several chambers which each contain a treasure. Armed only with your crossbow, you need to get past the varied creatures which guard the chamber, snag the treasure, and make it out again. This is made harder by the maze guardians, who roam the corridors and will pop into a chamber to chase you if you spend too much time inside. Furthermore, even after shooting a creature, you need to be careful because touching its corpse before it decays will kill you. Some chambers are trickier, containing moving walls that must be avoided, or walls that vanish suddenly to release a pack of ferocious creatures.

When you collect the treasure from each of the chambers in a dungeon, you can then move on to the next, more difficult dungeon.

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Average score: 79% (based on 10 ratings)

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Average score: 3.1 out of 5 (based on 29 ratings with 1 reviews)

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The Good
"Venture" (1982) was one of the best action-adventure games released for the ColecoVision. Each of three different levels have various rooms that you need to enter, while avoiding the green monsters. Once inside a room you need to quick grab the treasure, kill the various creatures in the room and escape before one of the green monsters enters the room. It all seems amazingly simple, perhaps it was, but it was also incredibly fun to go off searching for treasure, while shooting arrows into strange creatures.

The Bad
The ColecoVision did not have the best controllers for a fast, paced arcade action game. Frankly, none of the old school game systems of the day did. I always thought it was a bit silly that your arrows cannot be used outside a room and cannot hurt, much less kill, the giant green monsters.

The Bottom Line
"Venture" (1982) was one of best action adventure games for the ColecoVision. Plenty of treasure to grab, monsters to kill and giant green monsters to avoid at all cost. I always thought that this game could do with a proper re-release but that does not seem to be in the cards.

ColecoVision · by ETJB (428) · 2010

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1001 Video Games

Venture appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.

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Game added by Servo.

Arcade added by Pseudo_Intellectual.

Additional contributors: RKL, Alaka, FatherJack.

Game added July 19, 2003. Last modified October 9, 2023.